Communication skills: placement reflections of a children’s nursing student
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Communication skills: placement reflections of a children’s nursing student

Sara Smith Staff nurse, Salisbury District Hospital, Wiltshire, England
Jane Hunt Senior lecturer, Children and young people’s nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Dorset, England

Reflection is a natural human activity. It is important for nursing students during practice placements when they are making sense of clinical surroundings and making decisions about care. This article uses a reflective framework to consider the placement experiences of a third-year undergraduate children’s nursing student in an acute general setting, caring for an adolescent with anorexia. It focuses on the decisions made when assisting an inexperienced junior doctor during a venepuncture procedure. Reflecting on placements provides nursing students with important transferable skills to use in practice as registered nurses.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1112

Citation

Smith S, Hunt J (2018) Communication skills: placement reflections of a children’s nursing student. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1112

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

jhunt@bournemouth.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 24 December 2018

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